Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jeffrey T. Spellman, location expert featured in LA Times travel article

Way to go, bro!

This week's Los Angeles Times Travel section featured an article, and as part of their "Ultimate Guide to California", on the top spots shot in televsion shows and films in the L.A. area. As one of the industry's leading location managers for over twenty years Jeffrey T. Spellman has been exploring the City of Angel's back alleys and beaches for those perfect spots to shoot for decades.

It read in part, "Jeffrey T. Spellman, a location manager for CBS' " Criminal Minds," says, "The Internet has sped this process up a bit and helps when you first start thinking about shooting. It used to be a lot of just driving around getting to know everything. I still do a lot of driving, though. The beauty of L.A. is that it's always changing. The big thing is trying to mask the palm trees."

This article by Whitney Friedlander offers a behind-the-scenes mapping of the area's most filmed locales, including many used, featured and highlighted by Jeffrey over the years. Film buffs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffs, and film-lovers alike should enjoy this article.

Click on the blog title above to read the complete article on the LA Times website or visit

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Chefs McCracken and Tough Honored as Rising Star Chefs by StarChefs

We couldn't be more thrilled for Chefs Brian McCracken and Dana Tough of Spur who have been honored with the title of "Rising Star Chefs" by StarChefs. StarChefs editor Antoinette Bruno, who you'll no doubt recognize like I did as a judge from Iron Chef, called them "those two crazy kids" and cited their food as "effortless...delicious...playful...amusing..."

Congratulations Chefs and thank you StarChefs.

Read Rebekah Denn's account of the awards in her Seattle Post-Intelligencer article and interview with Brian and Dana.

Photo credit, StarChefs with graphics by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.